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Stand Up Paddleboarding in the Olympics?

The sport of stand up paddleboarding, specifically SUP racing, is being considered for the Olympic Games with possible debut at the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

Two international Olympic federations, the ICF (International Canoe Federation) and ISA (International Surfing Association) are currently waging a political and legal battle for “control” of the sport. The ISA has been involved far longer, beginning with the 2012 ISA World Championship, however the surfing crew have been remained oddly stagnant while the canoe boys became aggressively interested in SUP racing over the past few years. We’ve reached the point where the ICF SUP World Championship is now a more competitive event than the original ISA version.

Though if you ask most paddlers, SUP is a self-governing sport (see: ICF vs ISA “selfish parents” Olympic debate).

In other words: it’s a bit of a mess

Below is a collection of articles we’ve written over the years about stand up paddling in the Olympics…

December 10, 2021
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

I had a great chat with Mike from Stand Up Magazin about what’s been happening in our sport and what’s coming up in 2022. There’s a lot to be excited about as we head into the new year! (video not loading? watch directly on Facebook)

December 4, 2021
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

Here’s a full replay of my chat with Kristin Thomas on Supconnect Live yesterday. It was a fun chance to catch up with KT and chat a little about where our sport might be heading (it was also fun to be on the other end of the interview for a change). Kristin is one of […]

November 29, 2021
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has confirmed dates for its 2022 Stand Up Paddling World Championships to be held in Gdynia, Poland. The "ICF Worlds" are slated for September 7-11 and will feature the usual disciplines of sprints,